Typical teapot in a Taiwanese teahouse.

Taiwanese Tea to tempt the taste buds in Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwanese Tea to tempt the taste buds in Taipei, Taiwan. Tea is a ritual in the many teahouses in Taiwan. We chose Artyard (press here for their link) on Dihua Street, Datong District, which since the latter part of the 19th century has been an important centre for commerce in Taiwanese products such as Chinese medicines and herbs, fabrics, incense and tea. The street is a mixture of old concrete communist Chinese box type buildings and beautiful sculptured Japanese interesting frontage buildings.

Dihua Street, Dating District Chinese and Japanese buildings side by side Taiwanese tea drinking area

Dihua Street, Dating District Chinese and Japanese buildings side by side Taiwanese tea drinking area

We spent a couple of hours enjoying the pleasant relaxing process of letting the tea brew for exactly 3.5 minutes. Only brewing enough to fill a small jug to then fill the even smaller cup. After smelling a number of different tea leaves in glass jars and not really being able to smell much of a difference, I chose Tieguanyin. “This tea has a very sweet, appetising fragrance, taste and finishing. Take a sip, and the lingering, refreshing sweet after taste will leave in your mouth” or so the menu states. As I haven’t drunk tea in years it was a strange flavour. Not unpleasant but still tea. Served with dried fruits and nuts, and bean curd mini biscuits, which were yummy.

How to serve tea in a tea house

How to serve tea in a tea house, Taiwanese tea

With bean curb biscuits and dried fruit and nuts

With bean curb biscuits and dried fruit and nuts with Taiwanese tea

After tea we browsed through the shop below full of beautiful miniature china, pot and stone tea pots and cups. Some costing almost £200

Beautifully glazed teapot

Beautifully glazed teapot for sale in Artyard for Taiwanese tea

Tea cup

Tea cup in Artyard for Taiwanese tea

NT$1350 or 35GBP

NT$1350 or 35GBP

Beautiful tea cups with lids decorated with blue birds

Beautiful tea cups with lids decorated with blue birds

storage pot

storage pot

Tea pot and cup set

Tea pot and cup set

hand painted tea cups

hand painted tea cups

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